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Sustainable Tzedakah

16:37 02 November
By Steven Philp Now that we have entered the month of November, many of us look forward to the prospect of spending time with loved ones for Thanksgiving. Yet during times of celebration, Jews are also called to remember the needy through the commandment of...

Shtetl Life Reexamined

12:43 14 April
By Symi Rom-Rymer A picture is worth a thousand words, so goes the old cliché.  But as Alana Newhouse’s recently published New York Times article on Roman Vishniac demonstrates, what that picture is actually saying is often more complicated than it seems. Her piece focuses...

I Love A Parade

13:41 25 March
By Symi Rom-Rymer Living in a large, multi-cultural city like New York, you get used to the ethnic parades that come through town.  In early fall, there’s the German-American parade with grown men wearing too-tight leder-hosen and sidewalk venders selling copious amounts of bratwurst and...

What the Minarets Ban Says About Europe

11:14 03 December
By Symi Rom-Rymer The recent ban on the construction of minarets (tall spires commonly found on Islamic mosques) in Switzerland is simply the latest move in a laundry list of actions taken by European countries to staunch the tide of growing visibility of Islam in...

Impresario for the Lost Voices of Theresienstadt

13:01 10 December
By Mandy Katz Perhaps an apt follow-up to my post Monday about a journey from the Holocaust to the Ivy League? Yesterday’s Washington Post carries an inspiring obituary for 82-year-old violinist Joza Karas, one of the Christian righteous. If not already officially recognized at Yad...

College Admissions? Of Buchenwald and Princeton

14:59 08 December
By Mandy Katz Some of his Frankfurt gymnasium teachers ended up in Buchenwald, my Tel Aviv correspondent Ernest Stock writes, but he ended up graduating from Princeton in 1949. God bless the G.I. Bill. Now a retired journalist, Ernie offers this unconventional college memoir on...

The Emanuel Brothers Talk to Charlie Rose

13:25 25 November
By Benjamin Schuman-Stoler If you’re wondering which brother is which, just check out the suits: The one with the power pinstripes has to deal with Capitol Hill, that’s Barack Obama’s White House Chief of Staff Rahm. The puke colored tie gives away the eldest brother...

Sarah Silverman's Great Schlep

10:03 26 September
Trying to push American Jewish seniors to vote Democrat, the Jewish Council for Education & Research has enlisted Sarah Silverman as the face of its new hilarious canvassing campaign, “The Great Schlep.” Besides Silverman’s outrageous tactics (that often flirt with the inappropriate) are talking points...

The Google Seder

18:03 27 June
By Nadine Epstein The e-mail invitation came at the last minute. Not that Google didn’t know Passover was on its way, but apparently it would have been un-Google-like to plan too far in advance. So the message arrived just a few days ahead of the...